WAYNE POCKET ROCKET MCCULLOUGH (born WAYNE WILLIAM MCCULLOUGH; 7 July
1970) is a former professional boxer from
In addition to McCullough's dogged, relentless attacking style, he was renowned for his iron chin , having fought two of boxing's biggest punchers in Naseem Hamed and Érik Morales , and going the full distance with both of them. During his bout with Morales in 1999, HBO commentator Larry Merchant joked, "If you look in the dictionary, under 'Tough Irishman', you'll find a picture of Wayne McCullough". McCullough was never once knocked down in his professional career. He also stopped the late Arturo Gatti as an amateur.
* 1 Amateur career
* 2 Professional career
* 2.1 McCullough vs. Martínez * 2.2 Retirement
* 3 Personal life * 4 Professional boxing record * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
McCullough had a very successful amateur career, amassing a record of
319 wins and 11 defeats, with over 100 wins coming by way of knockout.
As an amateur living in the staunchly loyalist
Shankill Road area of
Belfast, he was selected by the island-wide Irish Amateur Boxing
Association to participate in the
1988 Summer Olympics
1988 OLYMPIC GAMES
* Representing Ireland at Light Flyweight , in the Seoul Olympic Games . Results were:
1990 COMMONWEALTH GAMES
* Defeated Benjamin Mwangata – Points * Defeated Maurice Maina – Points * Defeated Nokuthula Tshabangu – Points
1990 WORLD CUP
* Representing Ireland at Flyweight and winning Bronze, in the Mumbai World Cup. Results were:
* Defeated Manoj Pingle – Points * Defeated D.K. Park – Points * Lost to Serafim Todorov – Points * Defeated Fred Mutuweta – Points
1991 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
* Representing Ireland at Bantamweight , in the Sydney World Championships . Results were:
* Defeated Felipe Costa – TKO (Round 2) * Defeated Joseph Zabakly – Points * Lost to Enrique Carrion – Points
1992 OLYMPIC GAMES
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In 1993 McCullough moved to Las Vegas to train under
Eddie Futch ,
who agreed to train him after seeing him at the Olympics. McCullough
always fought in neutral colours and did not have national anthems
played at his fights; his supporters in
On 30 July 1995, less than 2½ years since his pro debut, he won the
WBC championship by beating the champion
Yasuei Yakushiji in
McCullough unsuccessfully challenged champions Naseem Hamed in 1998, and Erik Morales in 1999. In each of those exciting "Fight of the Year" contenders, he broke his opponent's lengthy run of KO wins while taking them the distance. Hamed had knocked out 18 opponents straight before McCullough, and was 30–0 at the time with 28 knockouts to his credit. Morales had knocked out 9 of his previous 9 opponents and was 34–0 at the time, also with 28 knockouts. Morales stated that McCullough gave him one of the top three fights of his career and almost quit on his stool after the 9th round (according to Ring magazine).
In October 2000, McCullough was to return to his native
British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) continued to
deny him a licence. He was relicensed in
On 17 August 2005 McCullough was appointed the first WBC World
Ambassador for Peace and Goodwill in Sports. In September 2005,
McCullough became a
In 2007, McCullough joined the Ultimate Fighting Championship
organisation as a PR associate, to promote
Mixed Martial Arts
MCCULLOUGH VS. MARTíNEZ
In 2007 McCullough signed to fight Spain's
Kiko Martínez who had
Bernard Dunne at the
Point Depot ,
McCullough had not fought for over two years and the Kings Hall venue
was sold out for the fight. It was agreed that the non-title fight
would take place at 8 st 12 lb mark. However, on the day before the
fight there was uproar during the weigh-in and the fight was cancelled
by the B
McCullough had already contracted to fight at 2 lb over the 8 st 10 lb championship weight and he weighed in at 8 st 9 lb. However, Martínez failed to make the agreed weight and was 1.75 lb over the agreed weight.
Martínez was given a couple of hours to shed the excess weight, but did not return to weigh in again and the scales were closed by a BBBC official. A furious McCullough stated "I couldn't believe it. He comes in over the weight and then after being asked to take it off he just sits there and does nothing. I just can't believe what has happened. I was ready to fight and ready to win and he comes in that much over the weight."
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On 20 June 2008, McCullough fought Juan Ruiz in the
In May 2004, McCullough changed his name by deed poll to "Wayne Pocket Rocket McCullough".
PROFESSIONAL BOXING RECORD
PROFESSIONAL RECORD SUMMARY
34 FIGHTS 27 WINS 7 LOSSES
BY KNOCKOUT 18 2
BY DECISION 9 5
NO. RESULT RECORD OPPONENT TYPE ROUND, TIME DATE LOCATION NOTES
34 Loss 27–7 Juan Ruiz RTD 6 (10), 3:00 20 Jun 2008 Royal Watler Cruise Terminal, George Town , Cayman Islands For vacant NABF featherweight title
31 Win 27–4 Mike Juarez TKO 2 (8), 2:59 23 Sep 2004 Pechanga Resort -webkit-column-width: 35em; column-width: 35em; list-style-type: decimal;">
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* ^ RTE
* ^ Derek Bilton. "WADE INTO WAYNE\'S WORLD". Betting Zone.
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* Official website * Professional boxing record